Artemis Kourtesis

Name: Artemios Kourtessis
Date of birth: 28.06.1963
Marital Status: Single
Nationality: Greek
Home Address: 4, Kapet. Mitroussi str., 546 46 Thessaloniki Greece
Prof. Address: Ministry for Foreign Affairs
International Relations Directorate Agiou Dimitriou - Dioikitirio 541 23 Thessaloniki
University of Macedonia
Department of Economic Studies
156 Egnatia - Thessaloniki



Jan. 1999 - University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki

Department of Economic Studies

PhD candidate.

Oct. 1986 - Dec. 1987 Southampton University, U.K.

Postgraduate studies (M.Sc. in Management Sciences). Specialisation field: Regional Development

Oct. 1981 - Febr. 1986 National University of Athens, Greece

Diploma in Economics


Languages Greek (Mother tongue)

English fluent

French very good

Italian very good

Spanish very good


Professional experience

February 2000 - European Commission, seconded to the Greek Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Main tasks include the follow up :

- of European Union policies

- of the activities of the European Agency for Reconstruction.

- of the activities of international organisations based in Thessaloniki ( Cedefop, SECI, BSTDB)

-ellaboration of policy papers for the Minister of Macedonia Thrace


November 1996 - January 2000

European Commission, Directorate-General for Science, Research and Development.

Scientific officer in the "Improving Human Potential" programme.

Main responsibilities included :

* Preparation of the research agenda for the socio-economic activities of the Fifth Framework Programme.

* Elaboration of policy papers and organisation of workshops and seminars based on the results of research projects.

* Responsible for the evaluation of research proposals submitted under the socio-economic research programmes.

* Participation in the follow up and assessment of the interactions between the Union's RTD and Structural policies. Contribution of RTD policy to economic and social cohesion.


September 1993 - October 1996

- Managing Director of Bitoumina S.A. ( Greece ), a manufacturing company, producing bitumen-based construction materials.

- Consultant on issues of European Union policies and regional development programmes.


November 1988 - September 1993

Fonctionnaire of the European Commission in the Directorate-General for the Coordination of Structural Policies.

Main activities included :

* Participation in the elaboration of the new regulations of the Structural Funds, for the period 1994-1999.

* Coordination of the Structural policies with other European policies .

* Evaluation of actions of the Structural Funds for the period 1989-1993

* Management and evaluation of studies and pilot projects financed by the European Commission.

* Elaboration of studies and papers in the context of the "Europe 2000" programme.


February 1988 - July 1988

Trainee in the European Commission in DG XVI

* Evaluation of large scale projects financed by the ERDF in Greece and Germany



* Member of the programme committee of the international conference:

" Regional Innovation Systems in Europe" San Sebastian , 30/9 - 2/10 1999

* Member of the scientific and organising committees of the conference:

"European Socio-Economic Research Conference" Brussels , 28-30 April 1999

* Member of the scientific and organising committees of the conference:

" The contribution of a changing Greece to the European Union: the dynamics of a complex relationship" LSE - London , 4-7 March 1998

Several lectures and presentations regarding the European Union's Research and Development and Structural policies.


Publications ( In Greek)

R & D systems of Central and Eastern European Countries. In Andrikopoulou E., Kafkalas G., eds.(2000) 'Greece and the New European Space: The enlargement and the new geography of the European development'. Themelio, Athens.